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George Molnar and Stephen Mumford

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204175.001.0001

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(p.60) 3 Directedness

George Molnar

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This chapter explains an essential feature of power properties: directedness, which provides a direction to a particular manifestation. The chapter contends that the connection between power and manifestation is a difficult but necessary task for the theory of powers. It evaluates the strengths and faults of the Brentano thesis, and analyses the topic of intentionality, which includes the parallels between psychological intentionality and physical intentionality. The chapter also provides accounts of the objections to physical intentionality, including impossible intentional objects, the threat of panpsychism, unique intentional objects, and the deluge of necessities. Lastly, the chapter proposes to treat physical intentionality as an undefined primitive of the theory of properties.

Keywords:   directedness, power properties, Brentano, psychological intentionality, physical intentionality

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